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In Years Past

September 29, 2012
The Post-Journal
  • In 1912, for an evening's entertainment, it was doubtful if there was anything which pleased men, woman and children as much as Howe's moving pictures. For several years it had been the custom of the Howe Company to give two exhibitions in Jamestown during each season and the first for the season 1912-13 took place Friday evening in The Samuels, the usual big crowd assembling for it. The views shown were new and included several of unusual interest, chief among them being the burial at sea of the battleship Maine. A series of views of Paris and Versailles attracted great attention and among the most beautiful scenes depicted on the screen were several showing the peaceful rivers of France.
  • Charles Edward Russell, the well-known Socialist lecturer and writer, candidate for governor of New York state, addressed a large and enthusiastic audience in Jamestown City hall Friday evening. Practically every seat in the hall was occupied and much interest was evinced in what Russell had to say. He occupied a large part of his time in an attack on Colonel Roosevelt and the Progressive platform. Bernard Coleman, a member of the Jamestown Socialist local, acted as chairman of the meeting and spoke briefly in an introductory way after calling the gathering to order.
  • In 1937, a series of four meetings at which the proposed 1938 potato stabilization program would be explained was being held in Chautauqua County during the coming week. The first meeting was held on this afternoon at the Sherman High School. Farmers interested in voting on whether they wished such a program to be placed in effect the following year could do so by secret ballot at one of the meeting places from the time it was scheduled to start until 2 hours later. Farmers could also vote by mail. The farmer would have to use his signature, address and the acreage of potatoes grown in 1936 and 1937 when voting by card.
  • The Studebaker automobiles for 1938 announced in this edition of The Journal, featured several innovations including the new vacuum-actuated shifting mechanism, lighter frames and wider bodies. The new Studebakers were new in the most literal interpretation of the word. They had been built without compromise to tool-and-die amortizing budgets or other previous model hang-over handicaps. The frames were new. The chassis were new. The bodies were new. The cars were being displayed at the showrooms of Leonard N. Rhodes, 1801-03 Washington St., Jamestown.
  • In 1962, heavy rain, whipped by severe winds, was a factor in several fatalities across New York State the previous day. The storm also resulted in disruption of shipping and power failures. Rainfall exceeded two inches in many spots, and winds were as high as 45 miles an hour. New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester all were hit hard by the storm. On the rain-slicked state Thruway near Buffalo, two persons died as a result of separate automobile accidents.
  • Paul Napper, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Napper, Munson Road, Westfield, won the Eastern United States tractor operators contest in Richmond, Va. with the best score ever recorded in the 12-year history of the contest. Napper posted a score of 314 to win the American Oil Co. trophy for New York State for the third time. John White won the trophy for New York state in 1964. In second place in this year's contest was Clyde B. Rodgers of Slippery Rock, Pa. The scores of all the winners broke existing records for the contest. Young Napper's parents operated a dairy and grape farm at Westfield. The youth was president of his Future Farmers of America chapter at school and was a member of the National Honor Society.
  • In 1987, while reviews were often made of productions at The Reg Lenna Civic Center, a study would evaluate the theater itself and ways to improve the downtown area around it. Joseph Peganoff, plant manager of Cummins Engine Co., said the Cummins Engine Foundation would provide $98,700 for a study of the theater and the section of downtown Jamestown surrounding it. It was to begin in mid-October. "Cummins Engine Company has always felt very strongly about its social responsibility," Peganoff said. "We feel the downtown area is really the welcome mat to the community."
  • Westfield and Mayville school districts moved a step closer to a possible merger the past week. By a vote of 6 to 1, the steering committee recommended the merger process continue. "Those of us on the steering committee, with one exception, all feel very favorably toward it," said Public Relation Coordinator Gwen Papania. The steering committee was composed of residents who had studied the reports of four subcommittees and made a recommendation to both school boards.


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